Biography of Raymond Crosson
Adams County, NE Biographies





RAYMOND CROSSON.
On the list of city officials in Hastings appears the name of Raymond Crosson, now the efficient chief of police, holding to high standards of service and looking ever to the advancement of the municipal welfare. A native of Illinois, he was born at Arrowsmith, on Christmas Day, 1887, his parents being Martin J. and Ida (Edwards) Crosson. The family came to Nebraska about 1888 and the parents are now residents of Hastings. In his youthful days Raymond Crosson devoted his attention to the acquirement of an education in the public and high schools of Trumbull, Nebraska, and later he became connected with a threshing outfit. Following his marriage he was appointed to the position of manager of the Farmers Grain Elevator at Farmers, in which connection he continued for five years. He afterward purchased the collection business conducted under the name of the Nebraska State Mercantile Agency and remained active in that field until appointed chief of police of Hastings, the duties of which position he assumed on the 13th of April, 1915, the appointment coming to him from Mayor Madgett. He is making an excellent record in the office, the duties of which he is discharging promptly and fearlessly.

On the 28th of October, 1908, Mr. Crosson was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Moore, of Hall county, a daughter of Joel N. Moore, and their children are Mildred and Raymond. The family are Protestants in religious faith and in his political views Mr. Crosson is an earnest republican, putting forth effective and earnest effort to advance the interests and growth of his party. He belongs to the blue lodge of Masons, to the Woodmen of the World and the Modern Woodmen of America and is well known in connection with military interests of the state, having long been identified with the National Guard. He enlisted in the Hastings Rifles on the 2d of July, 1906, when the company was formed, and was promoted to the rank of corporal on the 2d of August, of that year. He became sergeant in May, 1907, first sergeant in February, 1908, and on the 1st of August of that year the Rifles were mustered into Company D, of the second regiment of the Nebraska National Guard. In February, 1909, Mr. Crosson was made second lieutenant and on the resignation of Captain Boggs and First Lieutenant H. R. Brown he was placed in command of Company D and so continued until February, 1910, when Captain Riffe was appointed to the command of the company and Mr. Crosson was made first lieutenant. On the 2d of April, 1912, Mr. Crosson was promoted to captain and took command, and in February, 1915, he was advanced to the rank of major. He has attended all camp maneuvers, officers schools and rifle competitions and he had command of a district in Omaha at the time of the tornado in 1913, when for a great period the city was under martial law to protect the interests of those who were rendered homeless. In recognition of his services to the state at that time he was presented with a medal. He has a very wide acquaintance in military circles throughout the state and is prominent in that connection. He is a man of fine military bearing, straight and erect, ready to command and yet never over hasty in issuing orders but recognizing at all times the exigencies of a situation. The same qualities render him a most commendable official in his present position as chief of police in Hastings.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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